Dissent in the Internet Age

Last week in Vietnam, 14 activists and bloggers were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for attending courses in nonviolent resistance and use of the Internet.  It’s not exactly the same thing, but I have seen company leaders and managers actively discourage, and even terminate, people with different opinions from their own.  These are examples of driving disagreement underground.  In the Internet age, those practices have a greater chance to backfire because the thoughts won’t likely remain covert – it will surely surface and perhaps in ways that are more damaging to the leader than working with other opinions in the first place. 

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